Kazaa site becomes legal service — File-sharing site Kazaa will become a legal music download service following a series of high profile legal battles. — The peer-to-peer network has also agreed to pay $100m (£53m) in damages to the record industry.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and The Tech Report
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Kazaa to become legal download service
Kazaa to pay record groups $100m — By Joshua Chaffin in New York and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London — The record industry on Thursday said it had reached a legal settlement with Kazaa, a popular peer-to-peer file-sharing service that is considered a major contributor to piracy.
Carlo / Techdirt: Kazaa To Pay Up, Go Straight
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft posts record job growth — Company added 10,081 employees in past fiscal year — Microsoft Corp. bulked up for battle with Google and other rivals by adding more than 10,000 employees worldwide in the past year — the largest annual increase in the company's history.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employment soars
Microsoft employment soars
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft headcount jumps by 10K during FY06
Nick / Rough Type:
Lee Gomes responds to Chris Anderson — Late yesterday, in an email exchange, I asked Lee Gomes what he thought of Chris Anderson's response to his Wall Street Journal column on the Long Tail. (Which I discussed here.) In particular, I wanted to know whether he thought (as I do) …
Fred / A VC: Arguing About The Long Tail
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone: Heads or Tails? No, Heads and Tails
Gerd Leonhard / The Future of Music …: Critical voice on Chris Anderson's LongTail Theory, and book (WSJ)
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: Questioning the Long Tail
Tom Foremski / IMHO: Where are the profits in the long tail?
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog: Much ado about nothing: The Long Tail Debate
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Live From GoogleFi — Live from Mountain View - This morning I got an email invitation welcoming me to try out Google's Mountain View WiFi network as one of the trusted testers. I'm not sure if it was a random invite or not, after writing a bit about Google's Mountain View plans …
Discussion: SearchViews and Download Squad
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad: Google Wi-Fi Testing
Pics of Nikon D80 Leaked Accidentally on Purpose — You may remember how we showed you that cryptic picture of an upcoming 10.2-megapixel Nikon DSLR from the company's website, and now it appears that a few real pictures of the camera, to be launched on August 9th, have been leaked from the Nikon Europe site.
Sean Portnoy / Shop Talk: Nikon D80 Rumors are Swirling
Paul Miller / Engadget: Nikon D80 pics revealed
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest Winners: Better Than The Real Thing? — The Fake Leopard Screenshot Contest quite honestly launched with some ridiculous publicity... apparently something about the idea of a contest with users trying to imagine a better OS X struck something within a lot of people …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Download Squad and digg
Jordan Running / Download Squad: The OS X Leopard that might have been
Mac Masore / digg: Fake Leopard Screenshots Winners announced
Want to get good at videogames? Hire a kid — When David Estalote wanted to learn to play the piano, the 27-year-old New Yorker sought out a teacher at a local music college. To learn to play golf, he took lessons from a pro at his grandfather's country club.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Xbox Live's Major Nelson
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson: Getting paid to teach Halo 2?
Matt Goyer / Matt Goyer's Media Center Blog:
Thoughts on MCE beta feedback — I'm one of the few program managers on the Media Center team who reads our beta newsgroups on a daily basis and I must say that I find the experience to be just a little bit frustrating. While I'm tempted to respond to every post I'd like to clear …
Discussion: Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: Matt Goyer Offers a Bullet Point List of Vista MCE Improvements
Clickstream Study Reveals Dynamic Web — A recent clickstream study revealed new information about how we use and peruse the Web. University of Hamburg researchers found that the Web is moving from a static hypertext information system to dynamic interactive services with rapid interactivity between man and machine.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch Blog: Study Reveals Changing Web
BenQ IMS-100 Portable Bluetooth Speakers — Here's an interesting product from BenQ. Instead of tying speakers to your Bluetooth-enabled portable music device or phone, these speakers are Bluetooth A2DP enabled so you can stream music to it from a distance.
Discussion: Anything But iPod and Ubergizmo
Mark Ward / BBC:
More than 95% of e-mail is 'junk' — Technology correspondent, BBC News website — More than 95% of e-mail is junk, be it spam, error messages or viruses, report mail monitoring firms. — Analysis of the contents of millions of e-mails has revealed that less than 4% is legitimate traffic.
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jeff's Quick Guide to TV on the Net (TV/IP) - July, 2006 — Disintermediation of TV Distribution Outlets, or Doing to Television what we've Now Done to Voice — In gearing up for the Fall Video on the Net Conference, I've been exploring recent developments in both the "video on the Net" …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: Pulver's Guide to TV on the Internet
Mike Elgan / Personal Tech Pipeline Blog:
The Myth Of The 'Flying Car' — It's the fantasy of every frustrated driver who's ever been caught in traffic: to push a button, take off, and soar above the gridlock like an airplane. But don't hold your breath. You'll never "drive" a "flying car." — There are many "flying car" …
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Zango's Myspace partner still pushing their videos in Myspace — "A partner can't place Zango content on a MySpace site," said Monlux, "but if someone goes to a partner's site, takes Zango content, and puts it on his MySpace profile, that's not a violation of our terms of agreement."
Discussion: Alice Hill's Real Tech News, Techdirt and digg
Jimmy Daniels / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Zango Still Pushing Their Videos on MySpace
Aquafinality / digg: Zango Myspace partner still pushing their videos in Myspace
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Microsoft opposes Net neutrality plan on its proxy — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) wants to block an effort for a shareholder vote forcing the world's largest software maker to explain its support for Internet network neutrality, according to a company letter obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: Shareholder Wants Microsoft Vote on Net Neutrality
Larry Angell / ilounge.com:
Memorex reveals iFlip portable video player for iPod — Senior Editor, iLounge submit a news tip — Memorex has provided iLounge with exclusive details and photos of a new portable video player for fifth-generation iPods. The new iFlip features an 8.4-inch LCD display, integrated speakers …
Discussion: Engadget, MobileWhack.com, Gizmodo and Gear Live
Darren Murph / Engadget: Memorex reveals iFlip portable video player for iPod
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com: Memorex iFlip Portable Video Player
Dave White / Gear Live: iFlip Portable Video Player For Your iPod
Professor invents 'ripeness' sticker — TUCSON (AP) — A University of Arizona professor has invented a sticker that can tell consumers if a fruit or vegetable is ripe. The stickers will be available to growers next year and should make their way to supermarkets within two to three years …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo, Things That and Gearlog